He hailed from Chiba Prefecture. He was an active shot putter in his younger days, and became Japanese champion in 1938. He was president of the Japanese Olympic Committee from 1969 to 1973 and the Japan Association of Athletics Federations from 1975 to 1999, and vice president of the International Association of Athletics Federations from 1991 to 1999. At stepping down he was titled as honorary life vice president.
He was decorated with the Olympic Order in silver in 1985, the Order of the Sacred Treasure in 1986 and the IAAF Golden Order of Merit in 2007. Since 1988 he was an honorary citizen of Tokyo. He died from heart failure in 2010.
- "IAAF Honorary Life Vice President Hanji Aoki passes away at 94". IAAF. 31 May 2010. Retrieved 5 June 2010.
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